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Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

DPA Microphones Help Niels Lan Doky Bring Superlative Sound To Tokyo’s Blue Note Club

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Tokyo’s famous Blue Note club recently played host to Danish Jazz legend, producer and internationally acclaimed pianist Niels Lan Doky, who performed a series of concerts with Swedish singer and actress Edda Magnason. Also on stage were the other two thirds of Niels’ Jazz trio – drummer Niclas Bardeleben and bass player Ira Coleman, who has also played with Herbie Hancock and Sting.

Key to the success of these concerts was the extensive use of DPA microphones – a brand that Lan Doky insists on using, both on the road and back home in Copenhagen where his own club, The Standard (thestandardcph.dk), is fully equipped with DPA.

“It has been two years since I was last in Japan and these concerts, which were an homage to the Swedish actress and jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, were much anticipated and sold out in advance,” Lan Doky says. “For this reason it was particularly important that I delivered the best show possible. To achieve this aim I knew that DPA microphones would have to be part of the mix. I have been using DPA microphones on piano since 1993 and since October 2013 I have used them exclusively on all instruments at all of the concerts at The Standard. In my own club we are dedicated to an uncompromised top quality sound and we only use DPA there because they are by far the most detailed, precise and ‘true’ microphones on the market. I cannot imagine a concert without them, and this is why we used them on piano, acoustic bass, drums and Edda’s vocals at the Blue Note. These mics are so good that it would be a huge compromise to not have them on recording as well as live.”

Niels Lan Doky took his own DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to Japan, along with his DPA 3521 Cardiod Compact stereo kit to mic the Blue Note’s grand piano. The kit, which has now been superseded by the d:dicate™ 3511ES stereo kit, consists of two d:dicate 4011ES Cardiod Compact microphones in stereo left/right set up.

Lan Doky says: “I also use a DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Microphone stereo kit for piano, close to the piano’s soundboard in one of the holes in the sound metal frame. This allows me to blend a direct close mic signal with a warm feel and different touch into the mix.”

DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound supplied the required d:vote 4099P Instrument Microphone for the Tokyo concerts and also supplied an additional d:facto Vocal Microphone, a d:vote 4099B Instrument Microphone for the upright bass and mics for the drums including a d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardiod Compact mic for the bass drum, a d:dicate 4006A Omnidirectional mic that was placed inside the drum kit and a matched pair of d:dicate 4011A Cardiod microphones on overheads.

Ken Kimura, DPA’s General Manager for the APAC region says: “It was very important to Niels that the stage configuration was the same as it is at The Standard. Hibino Intersound were very happy to supply the additional microphones he needed and to offer on-site support throughout the concerts.”

Lan Doky adds that while he loves all of his DPA microphones, the one model he simply can’t live without is the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“For vocals I swear by this microphone,” he says. “It combines crispness, warmth and precision – all at the same time. Vocalist Edda Magnason who played with my trio has a lot of detail in the frequency spectrum of her voice. For her I can’t imagine using any other microphone. We also took it with us for an appearance on a J-Wave radio show. It is just an amazing vocal microphone.”

Niels Lan Doky and his precious DPA microphones are now safely back in Copenhagen and are being put to good use at The Standard. But he is still extolling the hospitality of his Japanese hosts at the Blue Note Club, the support he received from Hibino Intersound and the sheer fun of performing in a city as vibrant as Tokyo.

“It all sounded so good,” he says. “We had a fantastic time and want to extend our thanks to Hibino Intersound and DPA for helping us materialize the best possible sounding show at The Blue Note Tokyo.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Point Source Audio’s Radically New CM-i3 Intercom Headset Debuts at a Limited-Time Introductory Price

Boasting a patent-pending lightweight and modular design, the groundbreaking headset is now shipping at an extraordinary $289 price through March 31, 2015

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Petaluma, CA — January 14, 2015 — As part of their ongoing commitment to provide audio professionals with the ultimate in technology engineering and functional ease, industry pioneer Point Source Audio (PSA) is proud to announce the official unveiling of the CM-i3 Intercom Headset—strategically designed to deliver an unparalleled combination of noise isolation, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity.

Regularly priced at $400 MSRP, the CM-i3 is being offered at a limited-time introductory price of $289 through March 31, 2015 at select retailers. This revolutionary intercom headset is available with varying male/female XLR connectors, and even a 3.5mm option to support intercom apps for iPhones and iPads. All CM-i3 packages include Point Source Audio’s pro-quality EM-3 in-earphones installed, microphone assembly, three sets of eartips, windscreen, and a custom storage case.

“The design advancements of the CM-i3 address what customers are looking for in a professional quality noise-isolation com headset,” said James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio. “Most users wear their com headsets for long hours so we engineered the CM-i3 to provide the necessary performance without all the bulk and weight. And our introductory price is just one more incentive for consumers to experience the CM-i3’s long-wearing comfort for themselves.”

The CM-i3’s binaural functionality solves the challenges of high-noise environments by reducing noise and increasing audio intelligibility better than monaural headsets. It is equally well-suited for camera operators, stage and screen technicians and control room engineers in all types of professional trade applications such as front of house, live entertainment, or media production.

At a weight of just two ounces, the CM-i3’s patent-pending design is a slim-line, elegant alternative over traditional head clamp-style headsets that can weigh almost 10 times as much. Consumers will notice the immediate difference in wearing comfort, especially after eight to nine hours a day or longer of sustained wearing. Due to its tremendous reduction in mass and weight, the company advises there may even be a period for users to become accustomed to the remarkable difference in this lighter weight com headset.

The CM-i3 earphones are lightweight but also functional for switching between three listening modes—left, right, or left and right — to create the desired audio mix, and without having to remove or adjust the entire headset. Three sizes of eartips are supplied with each CM-i3 intercom headset so users can design a personal fit. The earphones are modular allowing for on-site service replacement, or swapping out with other limited varieties of in-earphones.

Price and Availability

The CM-i3 intercom headsets are now shipping and can be purchased at select resellers and distributors worldwide. The following models—available in varying terminations compatible for Clear-Com, Telex, RTS, and other popular intercom systems—are priced at a limited-time $289 introductory price (a $111 savings off the $400 MSRP) through March 31, 2015:

CM-i3-4F – equipped with 4-pin female XLR
CM-i3-4M – equipped with 4-pin male XLR
CM-i3-5F – equipped with 5-pin female XLR
CM-i3-5Mm – equipped with 5-pin male XLR mono
CM-i3-5Ms – equipped with 5-pin male XLR stereo
CM-i3-PH – equipped with 3.5 mm plug for iPhone and iPad intercom apps

Custom terminations may be requested through Point Source Audio. More information about the CM-i3 and Point Source Audio’s other industry-leading audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (@PSA_audio) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features, and a winner of the 2014 Best Microphone award. As the Digigram Distributor for the Americas, the world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, and IP audio and video networking technology are also available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PSA_audio

COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES DEBUTS I2 INSTRUMENT MICROPHONE

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Menlo Park, CA… NAMM Booth 6691, Hall A… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones, is pleased to introduce the I2 Instrument Microphone. Featuring the legendary sonic accuracy Countryman microphones are known for, the new I2 Instrument Microphone maintains a low profile while being the ideal choice for a wide range of instrument miking applications, including sound reinforcement of bands and orchestras as well as broadcast applications where accurate instrument capture is essential to the overall sound of a televised performance. more

DPA Microphones Presents Full Line of Music Mics at the 2015 NAMM Show

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DPA Microphones Presents Full Line of Music Mics
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ANAHEIM, JANUARY 13, 2015 – DPA Microphones is showcasing the latest versions of its d:facto™ Vocal, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones at the 2015 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 7113). Representatives will also be on hand to discuss the company’s new d:screet™ Necklace Microphone, which has been nominated for a prestigious 2015 Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award.

Following DPA’s continued commitment to providing the best vocal microphone on the market, the d:facto Vocal Microphone offers a true studio sound for the live stage. In addition to a superior natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling, singers and engineers are also afforded the choice between the company’s wired handle or its state-of-the-art adapter system, which allows for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems. The mic features DPA’s remarkable triple stage pop filter design and is available with black, golden and nickel grids.

Employed in top recording studios and live applications around the world, DPA’s d:dicate 4011 Cardioid Microphone is perfect for both close-ups on individual instruments and vocals as well as for spot-miking symphonies. Its components have been carefully selected to provide optimal neutrality, accuracy and extremely low distortion at even the highest sound levels. Additionally, the d:dicate 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone is optimized for use on stage, with a linear off-axis response and a smaller frequency bandwidth, which increases stage separation and gain-to-feedback, making the mic level easier to control.

Available with adapters suitable for a vast majority of instruments, the company’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones can be purchased individually or in four-piece or 10-piece Rock and Classic Touring Kits. Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable. It features a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable heavy-duty cable, making it ideally suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mic can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of any instrument.

With a nomination for a TEC Award, the d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone has been gaining attention throughout the audio industry. The mic, which can be mounted and removed quickly by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby, addresses a previously untapped corner of the market. Especially useful for instances when mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements, the d:screet Necklace Mic is ideal for situations requiring quick costume changes, such as pop concert tours. Featuring DPA’s legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, the d:screet Necklace Mic is available in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

Audinate Announces 5th Annual Dante AV Networking World at ISE 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Dante’s AV Networking World series of informative presentations and hands-on workshops will be held Monday, 9 February 2015 at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Center.

The free all-day event will feature presentations, training workshops and interactive panel discussions led by industry design consultants, AV installation contractors and IT networking experts. The event will also feature a major interoperability networking demonstration of Dante-enabled products and systems, several of which are debuting at ISE from the industry’s leading audio manufacturers. 25 leading audio equipment manufacturers are co-sponsoring this year’s conference including Ashly Audio, AtteroTech, audio-technica, Bosch, Bose, BSS, Crest Audio, Delec, Focusrite/RedNet, Harman Professional, Lab.gruppen, Lake, Nexo, NTP, Peavey Commercial Audio, Powersoft, PreSonus, Shure, Stewart Audio, Soundcraft, StageTec, Studio Technologies, Symetrix, Tendzone and Yamaha. Media sponsors include AV Magazine and rAVe Europe.

Presentations cover a variety of topics, including:
• A market research report on the state of audio networking
• A case study featuring the Singapore Sports Hub
• Networking 101- Understanding Networking Basics
• Common issues with how AV equipment is controlled
• A detailed look at Dante in the School of Audio Engineering (SAE)
• How Sydney Trains implemented a networked Digital PA
• Milano Congress – A look at Dante in Europe’s largest convention center
• A glimpse into the future of Dante and AV networking

In addition, a hands-on Dante workshop will bring together teams of participants to demonstrate how quickly and creatively a Dante network can be designed. The event will include raffles, giveaways and surprises throughout the day, as well as a sponsored lunch for all attendees and a hosted networking mixer at the end of the day.

Seating is limited, so register now to reserve your seat for this premiere event at ISE.
To register, click here http://bit.ly/avnw-ise1Dante AV networking World

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

DPA Microphones Brings New Levels of Speech Intelligibility to ISE 2015

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DPA Microphones, in partnership with its Netherlands distributor Amptec, will show its high quality microphones aimed at the installation market at this year’s ISE exhibition in Amsterdam (stand 7-V240).

One of the most important things for a speaker is that the message gets to the audience as clearly and comprehensively as possible. DPA Microphones is renowned for developing and manufacturing neutral and accurate microphones for measurement and studio use among others. The microphones reproduce sound to the smallest detail even in the most difficult surroundings and DPA now offers a range of products that give AV installers and conference organisers the high quality sound they demand.

Podium and Floor Stand Microphones

DPA’s Podium Microphone range consist of the d:screet™ Miniature Podium Microphone that provides the installation market with an elegant, directional microphone based on DPA’s renowned miniature microphones. This is a unique podium solution based on a special interference tube technology that ensures an exceptional directivity and off-axis rejection. It has already proven to be the best choice for speech applications in some of the worst acoustic environments.

“We were contacted by an organization that had simultaneous interpreters refusing to use their existing microphones because the audio quality was so bad,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “Simultaneous interpreting is a hard job and if the audio is poor, it gets even tougher. We knew we had the right capsule technology to take their existing solution to a new level – we just had to develop the microphone solution for the purpose. When testing against three or four times more expensive competitive podium microphones, our shotgun solution was clearly better. We are proud to set the new standard of podium microphones securing high speech intelligibility.”

The miniature capsule is mounted on a delicate gooseneck and comes in several lengths for table mounting. It can even be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s ingenious adapter range, which is already used for other miniature microphones.

DPA’s Podium range also includes the d:dicate™ Podium Microphones that incorporate modular capsules from DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. By combining state-of-the-art capsules with modular active booms and floor stands, DPA customers can access the precise high quality microphone for their needs.

The company is also showing its d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, an exceptional hand-held vocal mic that offers true studio sound in live surroundings. Due to the modularity of the two ranges, the d:dicate capsules can easily be mounted on the d:facto handle or dedicated adapters, that permit it to be used on various professional wireless systems.

Body Worn Microphones

DPA will complete the ISE line-up with its full range of body worn microphones consisting of the d:screet Miniature Microphones mainly used as lavalier and the d:fine™ Headset Microphones, both internationally acclaimed for their superior sound quality and durability.

The d:screet Miniature Microphones will include the recently launched d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone – a cleverly designed mic that houses the legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace that can be mounted by non-technical people repeatedly.

The d:fine Headset Microphones are unobtrusive microphones that are very popular with conference speakers and adjudicators who want to keep their hands free while they are presenting and talking. Offering impressive gain before feedback, these microphones are renowned for their audio accuracy and ability to deliver natural speech intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. Available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs, d:fine Headset Microphones are comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to accommodate any ear size and head shape.

For more information about DPA’s microphone range please visit www.dpamicrophones.com or come and see us at ISE on stand 7-V240.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
www.dpamicrophones.com

Norway’s Critically-Acclaimed Susanna Switches To DPA

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Norway’s Susanna, one of the most original artists currently working in the Nordic music scene, has been making the most of the DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone that she acquired last year from the company’s Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer AS.

“My d:facto Vocal Microphone gives the transparent sound I like, and gives me the best starting point for the work I am doing,” Susanna says. “Either I am singing with acoustic instruments like baroque harp and nyckelharpe [a traditional Swedish instrument], or I am processing my voice with electronics.”

The microphone came into its own during her recent tour, which visited USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the UK. Susanna also has a new album out – Meshes of Voice – a stunning collaboration with another shining light of the Nordic scene, Jenny Hval, on her own label, SusannaSonata.

As its title suggests, Susanna’s album is all about her vocals and how they blend with Jenny Hval’s voice. The project is based on an exchange of letters and then a live collaboration between the two artists, and stems back to 2009. It is, according to Susanna, a record inspired by Gaudi, bestiaries and Maya Deren’s short experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon, and the pair’s voices swoop and call over the evolving soundscapes that unfold below them.

“The d:facto is my new favorite microphone,” she adds. “For many years already I have been traveling with my own vocal microphones, because I deeply care about the sound of my voice and how it is mediated in the best possible way, from me to the audience.”

More tour dates are in the offing during which Susanna’s growing audiences can hear exactly why she rates DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone so highly – and why many critics rate her so highly as well. www.susannamagical.com

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Level 42 Adds DPA Microphones to its Tour Roster

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British pop/rock band Level 42 has recently introduced a selection of DPA microphones into its live sound arsenal, including DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for brass and toms, and a d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Recording Microphone for the ride cymbal.

One of the mainstays of the British music scene for over three decades, the band is currently undergoing an audio transition that has seen them switch to DPA microphones and introduce in-ear monitors so they can do away with a ‘whole stage full of wedges’. According to Mark ‘Joey’ Jowitt, who has been Level 42′s sound engineer since 1999, seeing the last of the wedges was a wonderful feeling.

“Thank technology that those days have gone,” he says. “It’s taken a while, but it’s all ears now. Musicians switching to in-ears find it quite disconcerting at first – as you move around the stage nothing changes in level, and that takes some getting used to. But the benefits are immense. In my experience bands become tighter, their pitching improves and obviously FOH engineers love it.”

Level 42 co-founder and one of the world’s leading funk bassists, Mark King, certainly appreciates the difference, especially when the stage set up is coupled with the renowned sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“Most engineers will tell you that mic spillage is one of the hardest things to overcome during the performance, and I for one have spent far too much time trying to clean up vocal parts because of drums and monitors screaming down an open mic that is being driven too hard,” he says.

Jowitt adds: “With the d:facto, we were impressed by its overall rejection of unwanted residual noise. More often than not, condenser mics on vocals tend to become another drum overhead when you come off them, but there were no such issues with this mic.”

Mark King believes that the exceptional sensitivity of the d:facto Vocal Microphone is also allowing him to sing more freely during live performances.

“The definition in the lower registers has improved significantly for me since I started using d:facto,” he says. “It was such a difference that I bought two microphones to carry with us all the time in case the production team we were working with couldn’t supply them. Having the d:facto is like having a great studio mic onstage. I love it!”

The DPA microphones used during Level 42′s tour were supplied by Capital Sound Hire and DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network. These included d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones that earned the respect of the band and the sound crew for their ability to ensure all 18 channels of Pete Ray Biggin’s titanic drum kit could be heard.

“With the kit being so large and such an important part of Level 42’s sound, tight miking is imperative,” says Jowitt. “The size and clip fitting of the d:vote 4099 was quick and easy, which is good as miking a kit of that size can become quite tedious after the first 10 shows! It also has a very big sound for such a small diaphragm.”

With 2014’s Sirens tour now behind them, Level 42 is looking forward to a busy 2015 that will see them touring Japan before moving on to the European festival circuit and wrapping the year up in a one-off show at London’s indigo at the O2. Quite what the kit list will be for the dates is, as yet, undecided, but Jowitt is confident it will include DPA microphones because ‘they sound fantastic’.

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

FOH Engineer Greg Walsh Chooses DPA Microphones For Kate Bush’s Before The Dawn Shows

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Greg Walsh, Sound Design and Front of House Mixing Engineer, chose a selection of DPA microphones to capture the sound of Kate Bush’s hugely successful Before the Dawn series of concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

After 35 years away from the live stage, these much anticipated concerts received high praise from reviewers and fans who frequently commented on the exceptional audio quality and the clarity of Kate’s vocals.

The decision to use DPA microphones was made following extensive testing by Greg Walsh and the production team, which included renowned audio engineer Stephen Taylor who was responsible for Kate’s vocal processing and monitor engineer Ian Newton, who sadly passed away earlier this month.

“I knew about DPA, having originally discovered Bruel and Kjaer [DPA's predecessor] in the mid-1980s,” Walsh says. “The larger capsule microphones such as the original B&K 4007 have been my first choice for acoustic guitar, drum overheads or ambient pairs for percussive and orchestral sources ever since.”

For the Hammersmith Apollo shows, Walsh specified DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for a number of instruments, including percussionist Mino Cinelu’s rig where they worked well on the Bougarabou, Djembe and Floor Tom.

“Their small profile allowed us greater positioning flexibility and the supercardiod pattern gave us tight focus on the sound source and excellent rejection,” he says.

Walsh also specified a DPA d:dicate™ 4011 Recording Microphone as a central focus mic for shakers and other hand held percussion, wireless DPA d:screet™ 4060 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones for the accordion and tambourine, and a wireless d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone for the djembe in the ‘minstrel’ sections of the show.

“Despite their small size the d:vote 4099s proved to be very robust and reliable. They were quiet, had excellent transient response and gave me a very workable natural sound,” Walsh says.

The Before the Dawn shows also gave Greg Walsh an opportunity to try DPA’s hand held d:facto Vocal Microphone for the first time.

“Finding a vocal microphone with a dynamic range capable of capturing the broad range of vocal performance and styles was obviously paramount,” Walsh explains, “We tested most of the available handheld microphones before deciding that the d:facto was the right choice. We opted for the wireless version, which we used with a Shure UHF-R system, and it proved to be very reliable and stable.”

In total, seven d:facto microphones were used on stage – five for the Chorus and two for Kate Bush. DPA also created a custom headset mic with a d:facto 4018V capsule that allowed Kate to perform with her hands free.

“We also used two DPA d:screet 4060 Microphones for the filmed segments of the show which were shot in a water tank at Pinewood.” Walsh says. “They were small enough to be concealed in a life jacket and were also very resilient to water ingress.”

Since completing the Before the Dawn shows, Walsh has been working on other projects, including a recent concert in Russia that involved a rock band and a 64 piece orchestra.

“I had no hesitation in specifying DPA d:vote 4099s for the orchestra, all members of which were individually mic’d,” he says. “DPA are an excellent company and provided fantastic support. I have known many of the team, in particular Ralph Dunlop and Pete Wandless, for many years and would like to thank them for their support.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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